[act-ma] Digital collection now available: Stephen Lewis poster collection

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Fri Nov 27 07:59:38 PST 2020

Digital collection now available: Stephen Lewis poster collection

Date Wednesday Nov 18, 2020 
Posted by Meghan Bailey <http://blogs.umb.edu/archives/author/meghanbailey/>

Link with poster images 

University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) in the Joseph P. 
Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston is pleased to 
announce that more than 500 activist posters from the Stephen Lewis 
poster collection, circa 1921-2017 
<https://openarchives.umb.edu/digital/collection/p15774coll28> are 
digitized and available online. UASC has been working with Stephen Lewis 
to digitize more than 3,000 posters through the Boston Public Library 
and make them available through our digital collections portal. We will 
add new posters on a regular basis.

The posters in the collection provide insight into poster design and 
serve to document a variety of issues that adversely affect a variety of 
people and communities around the world. Lewis has collected thousands 
of local, national, and international posters documenting labor 
organizing, student unions, political activism, and other radical and 
social justice movements and causes, such as the women’s and civil 
rights movements, socialism, communism, antiracism, and antifascism. 
Other topics include human rights, police brutality, political 
prisoners, Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month, art exhibitions, 
university events, conferences, memorials, and remembrances. These 
posters date primarily from the 1970s to the present. Earlier posters in 
the collection from the 1940s document efforts by the American 
government to promote war bonds and include several posters illustrated 
by Norman Rockwell.

The following resource provides information on other materials collected 
by Stephen Lewis: SC-0304 Stephen Lewis collection, 1962-2017, bulk 

Note: This collection contains some graphic images and language. 
Additionally, we have translated some information using Google Translate 
for posters that include languages other than English, though these 
translations are only intended to be approximate. If you have any 
questions or would like to suggest edits, contact 
library.archives at umb.edu <mailto:library.archives at umb.edu>.

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